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Cheer not jeer asks Sturrock

8 October 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock has called on the Roots Hall crowd to remain supportive regardless of how matches unfold.

The Blues boss is worried about the effect negative chants had on his players in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Barnet.

Sections of the crowd vented their frustration at Southend’s player during and after the match.

And Sturrock has now called on Southend United supporters to create a positive atmosphere in the stands.

“Everyone in our dressing room is positive about what we are trying to achieve, the players acknowledge the fans frustrations but we need the crowd behind the whole club at all times,” Sturrock told the official website.

“It definitely makes a difference, we went 1-0 down on Saturday and then there were one or two negative songs.

“I saw that get to my players, their shoulders dropped, and before you knew it we were 2-0 down.

“That doesn’t help anyone so it is really important that the fans stay on side because we are trying to build a positive feeling around Roots Hall.

“That will encourage more fans to come to the games and that in turn will help be me make Southend United successful.”

Meanwhile, manager Paul Sturrock said he would be hoping to identify midfield targets this week.

Sturrock admits that it is an area he has been light on since the summer after missing out on two players.

But the Scot hopes that situation could change this week.

“We’re definitely light in midfield and it is something Steve (Kavanagh) and I are trying to address,” he said.

“We were very close with several targets to broaden the playing aspect but missed out and we know we need to now address this but its not easy.

“However, we are putting together a target list and we will be working to try and make that happen.”

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